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Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2013

“Bad Lip Reading” Goes Indie Spirit (2’06″)

I can imagine Tilda Swinton saying that.

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Annapurna Pictures Raises A Beautiful, Declarative, Grandiloquent Middle Finger

Annapurna Pictures cuts together a brief, taut sizzle reel from its first productions, LawlessThe MasterThe GrandmasterKilling Them Softly, Zero Dark ThirtySpring Breakers, and does the litany of lines from them not sound like a bold declaration of intent? In part: “‘I’m bad news, I’m not your friend…’ ‘I knew y’all was special, it’s written on your faces…’ ‘Let’s cause some trouble now…’ ‘Don’ you ever touch me agin…’ ‘I just want to make something clear, there is nobody else, there’s just us…’  ’Everybody’s miserable here, they just see the same things…’ ‘If we are not helping him, then it is we who have failed him…’ ‘Don’ make me laugh, I’m livin’ in America and in America you’re on your own.’” And to add one more: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”


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Cinetic’s John Sloss On Oscar On Bloomberg (4’06″)

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9 Best Drinks: RAISE ONE TO THE BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

The drinks menu at my fifth Academy Award-coinciding party (Cleo’s, 1935 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago)

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A Trailer For An Issue Of A Magazine Themed To Film With “Raymondo Winstonio” (1’08″)

PORT / Issue 9 / Spring 2013 / Preview from PORT on Vimeo.

Genially, this is the equivalent of Ray Winstone binding himself in a three-piece suit and declaiming the phone book.

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The Césars’ “Hommage aux disparus”: Those Who Passed In French Cinema 2012 (4’15″)

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VICE shorts: Spencer Susser’s “I Love Sarah Jane” with Mia Wasikowski (14’39″)

“When you’re young and in love the air seems clearer, the sun seems brighter, there’s a spring in the step… But all can so easily go to shit especially with a zombie apocalypse involved.”

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Bruce Willis On Oscars For Action Or Comedy

[GQ, March 2013.]

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Red-Band Trailering Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS (2’04″)

The looping, fugue-style fashion of the film comes across cleanly in the compacted form of a trailer, conveniently enough. That, plus that “m” word.

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Stream Shane Carruth’s UPSTREAM COLOR score

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Lena Dunham: “It’s funny to me…”

[Rolling Stone Issue 1177.]

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Donald Richie on AU HASARD, BALTHASAR (4’37″)

[Via Criterion.]

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“Chad Harbach spent ten years writing his novel. It was his avocation, for which he was paid nothing, with no guarantee he’d ever be paid anything, while he supported himself doing freelance work, for which I don’t think he ever made $30,000 a year. I sold his book for an advance that equated to $65,000 a year—before taxes and commission—for each of the years of work he’d put in. The law schools in this country churn out first-year associates at white-shoe firms that pay them $250,000 a year, when they’re twenty-five years of age, to sit at a desk doing meaningless bullshit to grease the wheels of the corporatocracy, and people get upset about an excellent author getting $65,000 a year? Give me a fucking break.”
~ Book Agent Chris Parris-Lamb On The State Of The Publishing Industry

INTERVIEWER
Do you think this anxiety of yours has something to do with being a woman? Do you have to work harder than a male writer, just to create work that isn’t dismissed as being “for women”? Is there a difference between male and female writing?

FERRANTE
I’ll answer with my own story. As a girl—twelve, thirteen years old—I was absolutely certain that a good book had to have a man as its hero, and that depressed me. That phase ended after a couple of years. At fifteen I began to write stories about brave girls who were in serious trouble. But the idea remained—indeed, it grew stronger—that the greatest narrators were men and that one had to learn to narrate like them. I devoured books at that age, and there’s no getting around it, my models were masculine. So even when I wrote stories about girls, I wanted to give the heroine a wealth of experiences, a freedom, a determination that I tried to imitate from the great novels written by men. I didn’t want to write like Madame de La Fayette or Jane Austen or the Brontës—at the time I knew very little about contemporary literature—but like Defoe or Fielding or Flaubert or Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky or even Hugo. While the models offered by women novelists were few and seemed to me for the most part thin, those of male novelists were numerous and almost always dazzling. That phase lasted a long time, until I was in my early twenties, and it left profound effects.
~ Elena Ferrante, Paris Review Art Of Fiction No. 228

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